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A Holy Dip at Gaumukh

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Relaxing after a refreshing dip at Gaumukh

 I just came across this image as I was cleaning up my almirah. This photograph was taken during my first trip to Gaumukh in June 2003 – those days, I was doing my summer training in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Ranipur, Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

I looked at the photo, and noticed my wet hair and nicely combed-back and brushed hair. Then I remembered that this photo was taken immediately after I had taken a dip in the Bhagirathi River, that comes out of the snout of the massive Gangotri Glacier. I still remember that the water was very cold and I could feel the goose bumps on my skin this morning, just thinking about it!

One of my fellow trekkers had asked me about the dip and I remember telling him: “Agar Ganga mein paap dhone hain, toh Ganga jahan se nikalti hai usse badhiya jagah kya ho sakti?” (“If I have to wash all my sins in the Ganga, what better place than near its source?”) (In Hindu beliefs, it is said that all sins are washed away after dipping in the holy Ganges River). The entire dip lasted hardly a few seconds, but the chilling water refreshed me, and ensured that for the remainder of the day, I was feeling pleasant and warm even in the cloudy cold weather.

Coming to think of it: Perhaps I should always have a cold shower during winter! 

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